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jQuery Table Manipulation: Part 1

by Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg | August 2007 | AJAX Open Source Web Development

In this article by Karl Swedberg and Jonathan Chaffer, we will use an online bookstore as our model website, but the techniques we cook up can be applied to a wide variety of other sites as well, from weblogs to portfolios, from market-facing business sites to corporate intranets.

In this article, we will use jQuery to apply techniques for increasing the readability, usability, and visual appeal of tables, though we are not dealing with tables used for layout and design. In fact, as the web standards movement has become more pervasive in the last few years, table-based layout has increasingly been abandoned in favor of CSS‑based designs. Although tables were often employed as a somewhat necessary stopgap measure in the 1990s to create multi-column and other complex layouts, they were never intended to be used in that way, whereas CSS is a technology expressly created for presentation.

But this is not the place for an extended discussion on the proper role of tables. Suffice it to say that in this article we will explore ways to display and interact with tables used as semantically marked up containers of tabular data. For a closer look at applying semantic, accessible HTML to tables, a good place to start is Roger Johansson's blog entry, Bring on the Tables at www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200410/bring_on_the_tables/.

Some of the techniques we apply to tables in this article can be found in plug‑ins such as Christian Bach's Table Sorter. For more information, visit the jQuery Plug‑in Repository at http://jQuery.com/plugins.

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jQuery Table Manipulation: Part 2

by Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg | August 2007 | AJAX Open Source Web Development

Read Part One of jQuery Table Manipulation here.

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MS Access Queries with Oracle SQL Developer 1.2 Tool

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | August 2007 | .NET Microsoft

This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows how you can install the Oracle SQL Developer 1.2 and connect to an MS Access database. This article will cover the steps right from downloading and installing the Oracle SQL Developer, to connecting to a MS Access database, and using the SQL interface along with a few sample queries.

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The Economics of Open Source Donations

by Mayank Sharma | August 2007 |

Donations play a crucial role in supporting Free and Open Source Software projects. At times readers will write in to share their positive experience with a utility or program or a distribution that I have written about. Now don't confuse them with your average technical-bent-of-mind Linux user. These are accountants, home-office businessman, and even carpenters and plumbers, who've saved a lot of money thanks to open source software. And they have one question in mind -- how do I help the person behind the program?

This month, Packt columnist and open source enthusiast Mayank Sharma explores the economics behind open source projects, what they do with their donations and how crucial they can be to their future.

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Alfresco Web Content Management (WCM) 2.0 Part Two

by Pawan Kumar | July 2007 |

Alfresco WCM 2.0 offers exciting features for rapid deployment of web content management solutions. It also facilitates management of business-level or application-level features on a web site. Content creation and approval is pleasantly smooth with sandbox previews for individual users.

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